You gotta fight for your right to be arty!

A postcard pinned on a high school whiteboard. The postcard features a woman saying,  "You gotta figh for your right to be arty!". The postcard is rendered in a mosaic style.
(Featured photo by Fred Royster at an art classroom in Glenbard North High School, Carol Stream, IL.)

Let’s take the famous song “Fight For Your Right” by the Beastie Boys, and make it about art. I asked Chat GPT to do just that, and here’s what it came up with:


[Verse 1]
You wanna create some art, but you don’t know where to start
Your boss says “No”, it’s not in your job description chart
You missed your chance to paint, and no art supplies
But your colleagues think art’s a waste of time, you hear their sighs

[Chorus]
You gotta fight for your right to be arty

[Verse 2]
Your family says it’s not practical, art won’t pay the bills
But they don’t see how it feeds your soul and gives you thrills
Living a mundane life is such a bore
Now your dad threw away your best paintbrush, can’t create anymore (Saddened)

[Chorus]
You gotta fight for your right to be arty
You gotta fight

[Instrumental Solo]

[Verse 3]
Don’t express yourself if that’s the style you’re gonna wear
I’ll throw your canvas out if you don’t brush that hair
Your friends came over and said, “What’s that noise?”
Oh, it’s just me expressing myself, making art with poise

[Chorus]
You gotta fight for your right to be arty
You gotta fight for your right to be arty

[Outro] Create, create
Make some art, don’t hesitate


The lyrics are pretty cool. They match up pretty closely with the original. However, the rhythm is completely off. Meh, what can you expect?

I gave Google Bard a chance. It replied with, “I’m unable to help, as I am only a language model and don’t have the ability to process and understand that.”

Microsoft Edge started typing some lyrics, but then it ultimately erased its composition and stated, “My mistake, I can’t give you a response to that right now. Let’s try a different topic.”

If curious, here’s the exact prompt I used with all three services:

These are the lyrics to the song “Fight for your right”

[Intro]
Yeah
Kick it

[Verse 1]
You wake up late for school, man, you don’t wanna go
You ask your mom “Please?”, but she still says “No”
You missed two classes and no homework
But your teacher preaches class like you’re some kind of jerk

[Chorus]
You gotta fight for your right to party

[Verse 2]
Your pop caught you smoking, and he said “No way”
That hypocrite smokes two packs a day
Man, living at home is such a drag
Now your mom threw away your best porno mag (Busted)

[Chorus]
You gotta fight for your right to party
You gotta fight

[Guitar Solo]

[Verse 3]
Don’t step out of this house if that’s the clothes you’re gonna wear
I’ll kick you out of my home if you don’t cut that hair
Your mom busted in and said, “What’s that noise?”
Aw, Mom, you’re just jealous it’s the Beastie Boys

[Chorus]
You gotta fight for your right to party
You gotta fight for your right to party

[Outro]
Party
Party

Rewrite these lyrics to be about art. The chorus must include the phrase “You gotta fight for your right to be arty”

I’m assuming Google Bard and Microsoft Chat refused to respond, because of copyright reasons. Sounds like Google and Microsoft are the strict authority that the Beastie Boys rebel against.


Featured photo by Fred Royster at an art classroom in Glenbard North High School, Carol Stream, IL.

Full uncropped image of the mural on the back wall of Treatment Rooms in London. Mural features a giant white octopus.

The artwork is from the back wall of the house known as the Treatment Rooms in West London’s Bedford Park. Renowned mosaic artist, Carrie Reichardt, owns and lives in this house where she had the help of other mosaic artists from around the world to add intricate mosaics.

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Erik
10 months ago

Where was the photo taken of the postcard (with the painted square cinderblock wall)?

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